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Quick and Easy Chia Seed Recipes

Whole Wheat Chia Seed Pancakes

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While normal pancakes may not pack much of a nutritional punch, these pancakes, made with whole wheat flour, oats, honey, and chia seeds are full of fiber and whole grains.



Ingredients:
Makes 8–10 pancakes

1 c. whole wheat flour

1/2 c. old fashioned oats

1 c. milk

1 egg

1 tbsp. canola oil

2 tbsp. honey

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tbsp. chia seeds (plus more for garnish)

Syrup or other desired toppings



Directions:

Spray griddle or pan with cooking spray and heat to a medium heat. Beat egg and add milk and oil. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. Slowing stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Add honey and stir until combined
At the last minute, stir in chia seeds. Pour 1/4 c. portions of batter onto griddle and cook until edges of pancakes start to bubble and bottoms are light brown. Flip and cook until centers are completely done (about three to four minutes). Top with syrup, additional chia seeds or desired toppings and enjoy.

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Cinnamon Chia Seed Granola

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Bake up a batch of this granola on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy it all week on top of some Greek yogurt, in a bowl with milk, or in a baggie for a healthy snack on the go.



Ingredients:

Makes four 1/4 c. servings

1 c. old fashioned oats

2 tbsp. chia seeds

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

2 tbsp. honey

1 tbsp. canola oil



Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Combine oats through nutmeg in a small bowl and stir. Slowing stir honey and canola oil into oat mixture until oats are adequately coated. Spread granola onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes, stirring halfway through. Let cool until oats become crunchy and enjoy.

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Banana Bread Chia Seed Mini Loafs

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The addition of banana to these mini loafs makes them both moist and flavorful. Bake two mini loafs and freeze one for later, or give one to a friend or coworker to share the love!

Ingredients:
Makes 2 full mini loafs or 3 smaller loaves

¼ c. whole wheat flour

1 c. all-purpose flour

½ c. sugar

¼ c. brown sugar

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 egg

1 ½ ripe bananas, smashed

¼ c. canola oil

1 tsp. vanilla extract


Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray two mini loaf pans with cooking spray. Beat sugars, egg, oil and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Once sugar mixture is combined, beat in bananas. In a separate bowl, combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Slowly beat flour mixture into sugar mixture. Beat in chia seeds. Pour batter into two loaf pans. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the tops of the loaves are light brown.

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

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Based on a recipe from ChoosingRaw.com, this “pudding” may look less than appetizing, but its fun texture will please tapioca pudding lovers while the chocolate flavor will win over chocoholics in search of a healthier version of creamy chocolate pudding.



Ingredients:

Serves One

1/4 cup of chia seeds

3/4 cup of almond milk

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

Small spoonful of sugar (1 – 2 tsp.)


Directions:

Combine chia seeds and almond milk. Stir in cocoa powder and sugar. Let sit for 30 minutes or overnight until mixture has thickened. Stir and enjoy!

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Chia Seed Smoothie Bowl

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Perfect for a hot summer day, this smoothie bowl includes both fruit and vegetables, all under the guise of a creamy, cold chocolate treat.



 Ingredients:

Serves One

1 1/4 c. almond milk (or milk of choice)

1 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 c. frozen strawberries

1/2 frozen banana

1 tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp. xanthan gum (optional – adds thickness)

1 tbsp. chia seeds (plus more for garnish)

1 large handful fresh spinach



Directions:

Pour almond milk into blender and top with remaining ingredients. Blend on high until smooth, thick texture is achieved. Pour into a bowl, garnish with chia seeds and enjoy.

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Cucumber Chia Seed Salad

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The perfect side dish for a summer BBQ, this cold salad is low in calories but high in flavor.



Ingredients:
Serves two

1 large cucumber, thinly sliced

1/2 yellow sweet onion, sliced
4 ½ tbsp. rice vinegar

1/2 tbsp. sweetener of choice (Stevia, Splenda, agave nectar or sugar)

Salt, to taste

½ tbsp. chia seeds



Directions:

Combine all ingredients except for chia seeds in a bowl and let sit for an hour. Right before serving, sprinkle with chia seeds and enjoy.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Protein Pudding

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Full of healthy fat and protein, this creamy, peanut buttery pudding has some serious staying power and tastes like an indulgent dessert.


Ingredients:

2 tbsp. chia seeds

½ c. milk

2 tbsp. peanut butter

½ scoop chocolate protein powder



Directions:
Combine chia seeds and milk and let sit for about 15 minutes, until mixture begins to thicken. Stir peanut butter into chia seed mixture. Stir protein powder into chia seed mixture until fully combined.

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Chia Soy Glazed Salmon

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Though sesame seed-encrusted salmon is quite common, using chia seeds as a topper for this Asian-inspired dish adds beneficial omega-3s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber and antioxidants.



Ingredients:

3 tbsp. brown sugar

2 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce

1 tsp. rice wine vinegar

1 tsp. chia seeds



Directions:

Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar. Place salmon filet into a freezer bag and pour soy sauce mixture over fish.  Let salmon marinate for 15 minutes. Turn oven onto broil. Cover cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Remove salmon from bag and place on top of foil. Broil for approximately 10 – 15 minutes, until fish is thoroughly cooked and flakes with a fork. Garnish with chia seeds and enjoy.

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Peanut Butter Banana Chia Seed Roll Up

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This roll up is the perfect breakfast for those on the go! With no cooking or time-consuming prep work involved, a wholesome breakfast is served in two minutes flat!



Ingredients:

Serves One

1 whole wheat tortilla

1 ½ tbsp. peanut butter

1 banana

½ tbsp. chia seeds



Directions:

Spread  tortilla with peanut butter. Place banana on the one side of the tortilla and sprinkle with chia seeds. Roll tortilla and banana until the banana is completely wrapped in the tortilla. Enjoy!

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